6 STEPS TO CREATING
A BACKYARD BIRD HAVEN
The folks at Redfin reached out to me recently and asked if I’d share my top tips on how to create a bird sanctuary in your backyard.
I loved this idea… and came up with my top 6 tips tips, a few not quite so mainstream that I thought they might enjoy.
In the end, they used one of my sentences.😉
I guess that how it goes when 21 stellar birding organizations from all across the country offer their best tips as well.
I was honored to be included in their article no matter what.
To read my tips...You will find them below.
If you’d like to check out the Redfin article, just click this link…Feathering The Nest: Expert Tips For Creating a Backyard Bird Sanctuary.
I like to think outside the box when it comes to creating a thriving bird haven for your backyard. A lovely way to begin, is to visit your local Audubon center or nature preserve that supports birds.
Observe what is working, what inspires you, and what would be most suitable for your unique backyard.
After you’ve allowed your observations to sink in…
You can follow these 6 STEPS TO CREATING YOUR BACKYARD BIRD HAVEN:
- If You Plant It, They Will Come – This means more than simply options for food, nesting, and shelter, though these are essential. It also includes roosting, bathing – both dust and water – and singing perch options.
- Native Plants Are Key– Seek out a native plant nursery in your area for a diverse range of local native plants. Aim for a nice mix of trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers with staggered blooming times. Select plants that produce berries, seeds, nectar, or will be home to insects throughout the year, as these are all important food sources for birds. Berries being an easy favorite for both people and birds.
- Water Features Rule – Bird baths and fountains are an excellent alternative or addition to bird feeders. Especially in parts of the country where bears and rodents can be a concern. Pro tip: Ensure the water is fresh, shallow, moving or bubbling and is placed on or very close to the ground.
- There’s No Place Like Home: Install a birdhouse or nesting box designed for specific bird species like blue birds, Purple Martins, Barn Owls or Wood Ducks.
- Mimic Mama Nature: Allow plants to go to seed and dry stalks to stand until the following spring. This may be hard for some folks, but the birds will love it. For Bonus Points – Join the “No Mow May” movement.
- Think Long-term: Enjoy the journey. It may take time for birds to discover your thriving new bird haven, but soon enough, word will spread and you’ll be the coolest house on the block.